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Gardens of Pennsylvania
From WQED - a tour of Pennsylvania's horticultural treasures. The program tells a story of different gardens throughout the state.


Program will air in Philadelphia and State College

PITTSBURGH – From the Delaware River to the Western Reserve frontier, Pennsylvania boasts a wealth of horticultural treasures. WQED Pittsburgh’s production of Gardens of Pennsylvania takes a look at some of the biggest gardens as well as some of the lesser known but incredible gardens and the people who produce and maintain them.

The program airs on the following Pennsylvania public television stations:

· WPSU/State College on Sunday, December 28 at 6pm and on WPSU Channel 3.3 at 8pm

· WYBE/Philadelphia on Saturday, January 3 at 7pm

· WHYY/Philadelphia on Sunday, January 4 at 1pm

Gardens of Pennsylvania is more than a story about pretty flowers and where to see them. The program tells the different story of each garden as host Doug Oster of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette uncovers the unique history of each one in his fun and lighthearted style.

The garden tour begins at Chanticleer Gardens in Philadelphia and continues to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, one of the oldest glass houses in the country. The program then travels throughout the state to the Gardens of Kennywood Park and Holocaust Garden in Pittsburgh; the Erie Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Erie; Hershey Gardens in Hershey; Marywood College Arboretum in Scranton and Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia.

“Gardens of Pennsylvania is more than just shots of beautiful gardens. The show explores the people who keep these plantings thriving and also looks at what motivates visitors to come back to these places time after time,” said Oster. “People may be surprised to know that there are gardens in amusement parks, zoos, and universities.”

Doug Oster is the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Backyard Gardener feature writer and has been a contributor to WQED’s OnQ nightly newsmagazine since its inception in 2001. He has appeared weekly on KDKA-TV for the past seven years covering gardening. He also co-hosts The Organic Gardeners, a weekly radio show on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh. He co-authored with Jessica Walliser two books about gardening, Grow Organic and A Gardener’s Journal.

Gardens of Pennsylvania is underwritten by the Pennsylvania Public Television Network (PPTN) and is produced by Doug Oster and WQED’s Nathalie Berry.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED-DT; WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED-HD; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.



WQED Pittsburgh
4802 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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